Oaxaca: Women & Girls' Empowerment - Volunteer Vacations

Oaxaca: Women & Girls’ Empowerment

Experience a cooking class, weaving workshop, alebrijie painting experience, and more as you lend-a-hand with women’s projects with the Zapotec women.

Any males interested in supporting and empowering women are welcome to experience this unforgettable trip!


The Place and The People

World famous cuisine, archeological ruins, and the UNESCO-protected city of Oaxaca create unforgettable experiences from every angle. Away from the city center, spend much of your time interacting and connecting with the traditional Zapotec communities that dot the valley. As many men leave the area in search of jobs in the U.S. and beyond, women stay behind to tend to the homes and raise their children.

This separation means that the women and girls play an important role in providing for their families with the help of microfinance loans. You’ll have the unique opportunity to understand traditional life and the local way of living by learning to cook, weave, make pottery, and more from those who call the villages of Teotitlán Del Valle and San Marco Tlapazola home.


What You'll Do

Explore Oaxaca’s colonial old city with your guide before it’s off to meet the local women of the charming Teotitlán Valley. Get to know our nonprofit partners, Fundación En Vía, over a meal with local Zapotec women and girls, learning about how they are supported through microfinance loans. Visit their businesses and lend a hand in a dyeing and weaving workshop, chocolate-making class, as well as taking time to shop for ingredients at the local market for a traditional cooking class with the women.

Move on to another village, San Martín Tilcajete, for a workshops in making alebrijie, or brightly colored imaginary creatures that play an important role in Mexican folklore (and are the inspiration for Pixar’s film Coco!).

 


What You'll See

When not interacting with the local women and children of Oaxaca, visit Monte Albán, a UNESCO-protected archaeological site regarded as the most significant in the Oaxaca Valley. This stunning site is something not to miss when you visit central Mexico, and the views will take your breath away!

Back in Oaxaca city, also a UNESCO-protected area, explore the gorgeous churches and historic buildings as you walk through the colorful streets. End the journey with a special farewell dinner at Casa Oaxaca, considered by many to be one of the best restaurants in the world.

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Itinerary Overview

Explore Oaxaca City before heading out to the nearby villages of the Teotitlán Valley to meet the women and children supporting their communities. Each day is a hands-on lesson in the lives of these women including a dyeing and weaving workshop, a chocolate-making class where you’ll learn methods

passed down from ancient Mesoamerican cultures, a traditional cooking class, and paint your own alebrijie that inspired Pixar’s film Coco in a local workshop.

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Where You'll Stay

During our time in Oaxaca City, we’ll stay in Hotel con Corazón, a modern but cozy hotel where profits go into local schools to help lift up the local community. This boutique hotel & social enterprise is one with heart, recognizing that Oaxaca is one of the poorest states in Mexico, and children need more resources to ensure they finish school. This brand new building located in the heart of the old city of Oaxaca includes private bathrooms, WiFi, fans, and garden views from all rooms.

In Teotitlán del Valle, we’ll stay in a local Bed and Breakfast, which is decorated in the beautiful, bright traditional style and a comfy place to return to in the evenings spent out in the charming valleys of Oaxaca.

Kathryn T.

Sedona, AZ

Traveler's Journal

I wanted to show my daughter a different part of the world, and to be able to connect with other women and girls only made the idea that much more comfortable for me. Our group was full of similar mothers and daughters (and one awesome father!). The women in the community gave us such a precious gift as they allowed us into their homes and spoke with us about their everyday lives. My daughter left wanting to make a difference for the women of the world, and I couldn’t be prouder!

Dates and Fees

We offer several Family Friendly dates, to help families book travel around common school vacation times

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6 Days / 5 Nights

Program Cost: Adult $2,395* / Child $1,995*

Mar 26-31, 2019

Jun 18-23, 2019

Jul 2-7, 2019

Aug 13-18, 2019

Sep 10-15, 2019

Oct 15-20, 2019

  • * Double Occupancy Price. Single Room Supplement = $250
  • *Children’s pricing applies to travelers 16 years old and younger, at the time of travel, sharing a room with an adult
  • All dates are Family Friendly (you do not have to be a woman or girl to enjoy this trip!)
See What's Included
  • 3 nights lodging in standard-level boutique hotels in the old city of Oaxaca
  • 2 nights lodging in the valleys outside of Oaxaca in rustic locally-owned bed & breakfasts
  • All meals throughout the trip except for one lunch and one dinner
  • Volunteer projects with the Zapotec women
  • English-speaking local guides that are there to support, guide, and inform you throughout the trip
  • All airport transfers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • All land and transportation during the trip
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • All gratuities for hotels and meals
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What's Included

Our trips are inclusive of all activities, lodging, transport and most meals to make your experience hassle-free.  Here’s a sample of what’s included:

  • 3 nights lodging in standard-level boutique hotels in the old city of Oaxaca
  • 2 nights lodging in the valleys outside of Oaxaca in rustic locally-owned bed & breakfasts
  • All meals throughout the trip except for one lunch and one dinner
  • Volunteer projects with the Zapotec women
  • English-speaking local guides that are there to support, guide, and inform you throughout the trip
  • All airport transfers
  • Admissions and entrance fees to national parks, historic sites and other scheduled events throughout the trip
  • All land and transportation during the trip
  • $50,000 emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • All gratuities for hotels and meals
  • Turnkey customer support from preparing for your trip to arrival back home

What’s Not Included:

  • International airfare
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • One lunch and one dinner
  • Tips for Discover Corps guide and driver
  • Laundry services, phone calls, and Internet service

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